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Germany to update its civil defence plans

25 August 2016

On 24 August the German parliament passed a proposal by the interior ministry to update the country's civil defence concept some 20 years after its previous update, when it was geared towards a Cold War scenario. The aim is to prepare both authorities and the population to endure and function when society and state are being disrupted by attacks. While mass mobilisation is being allowed for, the current plans do not constitute a return to conscription.

While an attack with conventional military means on German territory is dismissed as currently unlikely, the threat from terrorism and cyber attacks targeting the country's critical infrastructure, such as water and energy supplies, is identified as the main driver behind updating the civil defence concept.

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